Major blaze destroys Sicklinghall Cricket Club grounds

The fire has completely destroyed all the buildings at the club's grounds.

The fire has completely destroyed all the buildings at the club's grounds.

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The home of a community cricket club, which has stood for nearly a century, has burnt to the ground in the village of Sicklinghall near Harrogate.

Sicklinghall’s Cricket Clubhouse, scorebox, toilets and equipment store were all destroyed in the blaze which happened just before midnight on Saturday October 8.

The club's chairman has appealed for donations to help the club get back on track.

The club's chairman has appealed for donations to help the club get back on track.

North Yorkshire Police and Fire Services attended the scene, but were unable to prevent the fire from taking hold of the buildings as well as valuable machinery and memorabilia.

Andy Wood, chairman of the club said: “Following the initial shock and disbelief it is imperative now that we recover from the tragedy of the fire and start to plan for new facilities to be built on the ground, not only for our senior team but also so that our youngsters; both girls and boys, can continue to enjoy the wonderful team sport in the village.

"We have set up a ‘Justgiving’ page to help fundraise for this as we know that our insurance can’t possibly fully cover the cost of a new building."

The village cricket club has been a feature in Sicklinghall village life for nearly 100 years with grandfathers, fathers and sons sometimes playing and supporting at the same time.

This summer saw the exciting introduction, once again, of junior cricket coaching taking place with registration of an under nine team in the Wetherby League for 2017.

Mr Wood said: "We are extremely grateful for the countless messages of support and goodwill that we have received, both from within cricket circles and the wider local community and we will be reliant on everyone’s support if we are to be ready for April 2017."

To make a donation to the club you can visit their Justgiving page here.